Many conditions can impact one’s vision health, including that of glaucoma. Glaucoma is a serious eye disorder that can show no symptoms until the later stages. This makes it extremely important for patients to visit their eye doctor regularly for routine evaluations and screenings. Often, when patients notice vision loss, the condition has already progressed and cannot be treated or reversed without surgical intervention. Dr. Stuart P. Sondheimer can answer questions about glaucoma to patients who visit the office and are interested in learning more.
What is glaucoma?
This eye disorder is caused by high pressure inside of the eye. It can cause permanent vision loss. When caught early, many patients can delay the onset of vision loss or slow it until surgical intervention is required.
Who is at risk of glaucoma?
Glaucoma is commonly seen in patients over the age of 50, but it can happen to anyone at any time. Patients with glaucoma who notice vision loss may already be experiencing the later stages. Patients who have a family history of glaucoma should be extremely diligent in ensuring they visit their doctor regularly for screenings and early detection.
What can be done for glaucoma?
While some medications and therapies can delay the onset of vision loss, the vision loss that does occur is permanent. In the later stages when vision loss impacts one’s daily quality of life, laser surgery may be recommended by Dr. Stuart P. Sondheimer.
How often should I visit the eye doctor?
The older you get, the more important it is that you visit the eye doctor regularly. Patients with certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, may need to see their doctor each year for an evaluation to monitor for glaucoma and other eye disorders that are at a higher risk for these individuals.
Call Dr. Stuart P. Sondheimer today
Patients of the Skokie, Illinois area who are concerned about the development of glaucoma are strongly advised to book a consultation visit with our professionals today. Call (847) 677-2794 to request an appointment at 9150 Crawford Avenue, Suite #201. Our team is here to help, and encourages individuals to seek solutions for this and other eye conditions that may occur.